National Book Critics Circle awards

Yet another group of books I haven’t read – impossible to keep up.  If you have read any of these, tell me what you thought.  I need some personal advice on what to read since clearly I can’t read everything  – no matter how much housecleaning I put off.

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle’s Awards were announced last night during a ceremony at the New School in New York City. The NBCC is a comittee of over 700 literary critics and editors, and the awards are given out annually. Here’s the list of 2015’s winners:

Fiction
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Autobiography 
Margo Jefferson, Negroland (Pantheon)

Poetry
Ross Gay, Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Criticism
Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (Graywolf)

Biography
Charlotte Gordon, Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley (Random House)

Nonfiction
Sam Quinones, Dreamland: The True Story of America’s Opiate Epidemic(Bloomsbury)

The Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award
The novelist, poet, critic and farmer Wendell Berry

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